Why Santiago Ormeño never made his América first-team debut

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Blaise Bourgeois

One of the big surprises of the 2020 Apertura tournament is undoubtedly the rise of Puebla striker Santiago Ormeño.

Ormeño, who was formerly in the Club América youth setup, has scored four goals in just six games this season, helping Puebla reach eighth place on 10 points through the first seven games of the season.

The 26-year-old ended up leaving for Pumas in 2015 and former first-team assistant Carlos Turrubiates has revealed why Ormeño never received his first-team chance.

“He wanted to be a professional when he grew up. When he was young, he lacked being more professional when it came to taking care of himself.

“Not so much for the relaxation, but in the part of ‘I’m going to train because I like football but I still don’t know if I want to sacrifice things to know if I want to be a professional.’

“He still wanted to have his normal life as a young man, as a student, and at the same time, he wanted to play football.

“Sometimes you have to sacrifice things to be a player. Maybe right now he is mature and it took him a bit but he is already feeling it: he likes to play, to be a starter, and he is beginning to have that dedication.”

Despite going through Pumas, Cancún, Lobos BUAP, he only made his professional debut with Puebla in 2018 before going on loan to Peruvian outfit Real Garcilaso, now known as Cusco FC.

Through 17 professional games in his career, Ormeño has tallied six goals and an assist.

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